Since the 1950s, the World Meteorological Association has randomly given hurricanes names. Now an organization is petitioning to change that naming system so that storms are named for the policy makers that deny climate change exists and obstruct policies to end global warming.
An new ad from environmentalist group the 350 Action Fund explains that people named Ivan, Sandy, Andrew and Katrina never did anything to deserve having their name associated with devastating catastrophes.
The video on the Climate Name Change petition nominates Hurricane Michelle Bachman. In 2011, Rep. Bachman, R-Minn., said she didn’t support “green jobs.”
“I think all these issues have to be settled on the base ofreal science, not manufactured science,” she explained.
The ad proposes naming a storm for Florida’s Republican Sen. Marco Rubio. In August 1992, Florida was hit by a Category 5 hurricane named Andrew. With 175 mph winds, it was one of the strongest storms in U.S. history. Four people died and the storm caused $250 million in damage.
It also suggest naming a storm for Sen. David Vitter, R-La. Vitter’s home state was hit by the deadliest and most destructive Atlantic hurricane in history on Aug. 29, 2005. At least 1,833 people died in the storm and in flooding it caused. It caused $81 billion in damage – triple the amount of Hurricane Andrew.
Just eight years later, Vitter is on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and he still does not believe that climate change is being caused by humans. In 2009, he called climate change evidence “ridiculous pseudo-science garbage.”
“The climate has always and will always be changing because there are influences on our climate that will always be outside Congress’s control,” he said.
The group also considers naming storms for Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, who claimed people breathing is the cause of high levels of carbon in the atmosphere; and Rep. Collin Peterson, R-Minn., who said Minnesota farmers will be happy if its warmer because they can grow more corn.